Posts Tagged ‘economic growth’

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    Domestic Work

    Dec 27, 11 • 283 Views • No Comments

    What do drip dry clothing, take-out food, dog walkers, dishwashers, dry cleaners, and dusty ceilings have in common? A servant shortage. Currently, Brazil has less household help because of economic growth. Low income women who had worked and lived in the...  [read more]

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    Creative Destruction and the Independent Bookstore

    Dec 26, 11 • 316 Views • No Comments

    The buggy whip, the typewriter, and now, maybe the independent bookstore? In a NY Times Op-Ed, author Richard Russo criticized Amazon for business tactics that would harm independent bookstores.  He cited friends who said, “They don’t win unless...  [read more]

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    Inheritance Issues

    Dec 19, 11 • 887 Views • No Comments

    From 1941 to 1976, for $10 million and more, the top federal estate tax rate was 77%. $10 million in 1941 would equal $153,897,959.18 today. $10 million in 1976 would equal $39,759,226.71 today. Referring to new federal estate tax legislation...  [read more]

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    Stagnation or Education?

    Nov 19, 11 • 278 Views • No Comments

    Is the problem stagnation or education? For George Mason economist Tyler Cowen, it was all about his grandmother. Debating MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson, Cowen reminded us that a long list of innovations including cars, antibiotics and refrigerators...  [read more]

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    Innovation and Jobs

    Oct 26, 11 • 2012 Views • No Comments

    Just say, “More productivity, R & D and economies of scale,” and you are talking about large firms. New Yorker financial columnist James Surowiecki reminds us that too often we glorify small businesses and forget how A&P, Walmart and their...  [read more]